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Agile Coach | Public Speaking Coach | Facilitator & Musician


Classical Talk

The 10 Vicious Circles at Work: Detecting and Breaking Them Up

A vicious circle (or cycle) is a complex chain of events that reinforces itself through a feedback loop, with harmful results.
They can be happening today, anywhere at your company, creating friction, misalignment, bottlenecks, and even making the best employees quit.

In the last ten years of working as an agile coach and Scrum Master in several types of companies and departments, I’ve listed 10 very common vicious circles that I saw again and again, and that can be a true pain in the ̶a̶s̶s̶ neck.
(And you might be in one of these loops without even knowing!)

Let’s explore the 10 vicious circles together and get to know powerful practices, tools, and tips to break them up.

Learning Outcomes deiner Session: 

  • Be aware of the 10 vicious circles at work and understand the impact they have on people, products, and processes.
  • Learn useful tips, practices, and tools that can be used the next day to break these vicious circles up.
  • Use the clear and straight-to-the-point visuals from this talk to discuss with your colleagues and generate insights and actions.


Bonus takeaway: Feel empowered, energized, and inspired by real-life stories, a great pace, and a good dose of humor.


Artur Margonari is passionate about Agile, which he applies daily in his personal life. He works as Agile Coach, Trainer and Facilitator at InspirationOwl Belgium and has more than 10 years of experience in practicing and helping organizations in their Agile journey, forming high-performing teams, and delivering great products/services.
Having worked as an Agile Coach and Scrum Master in different departments (IT, HR, payroll, procurement, marketing, portfolio) and in various industries (banking, insurance, software house, pharmaceutical, brewery), he was able to learn more about the end to end flow and product cycle, with a 360° view.
He invests his free time organizing conferences (Agile Tour Brussels and Agile Consortium Belgium Conference previously), and meetups. His essence can be represented by Mahatma Gandhi’s saying: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Hobbies & passions: music (listening and playing), archery, martial arts, fast learning and traveling.
portrait image Artur Margonari